We can now confirm that we will be opening the Romsey festival in July with a concert in Romsey Abbey on Saturday 3rd July 2021.
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This concert will be following the social distancing guidance issued by DCMS, Romsey Abbey and Making Music. This means that tickets will be limited, and will be allocated in household groups.
Future dates for your diary:
The next date booked is Saturday 13th November 2021 again in Romsey Abbey. Richard is working out our musical programme, bearing in mind that rehearsal times are not as normal!
We have also now booked for a concert of Christmas music in the Chandlers Ford Methodist church. This will take place in the afternoon of Sunday 12th December 2021.
We are working to make sure that we are ready as soon as it is safe. We have been using the Risk assessment and management template from Making Music to ensure that the few occasions that we have been able to sing together have been safe for choir members and that our plans meet, or even exceed, the guidelines.
This, in conjunction with the guidelines for each venue, has made sure that we have planned our activity carefully with the safety and well being of our members being paramount. This principle will now extend to managing our concerts - so that performers and audience can relax and enjoy the music.
And looking forward to next year, we hope to be able to get back into our "usual" pattern of offering a concert in the lovely church at the Hospital of St Cross in Winchester in March 2022.
Directions to Concert Venue - Romsey Abbey
For sat-nav users, the Abbey’s postcode is SO51 8EN. Romsey is well connected with the rest of England by road, rail and air. Southampton is seven miles away.
Arriving by road - From London, 80 miles away, follow the M3 to Southampton. From the Midlands, take the M40 and A34 to Winchester, which joins the M3 north of Winchester. At Junction 13, follow signs onto the M27 west-bound, joining traffic from Portsmouth and Brighton. A mile after Rownhams Services, turn off the M27 at Junction 3 and then take the third exit at the roundabout onto the M271 spur north-bound.
You should now find yourself, heading towards Romsey. At the roundabout at the end of the motorway, take the A3057 and, two miles further on at the next roundabout, turn left onto the A27 and cross the railway bridge for the final approach to Romsey.
About a mile later, shortly after a pedestrian crossing, you will come to another roundabout. Take the first exit left and at the next roundabout – quite a small one – take the third exit.
If you are travelling from the west, follow the A36 through Salisbury and take the second exit at the large roundabout beyond West Wellow onto the A3090. (take the first exit towards Bristol at junction 2 of the M27 east-bound). At the first roundabout after you cross a hump-backed bridge, take the first exit left.
Parking - There are three public pay-and-display car parks in Romsey suitable for leisure visitors. Sunday visitors may park in roads near the Abbey with fewer restrictions.
For the first two, follow the road to the town centre left around a sharp corner. For the first one, take the second exit at the mini-roundabout signposted towards the bus station; the car park is on the right. For the second, take the first exit at this mini-roundabout and follow signposts very shortly afterwards to the car park in Newton Lane. To reach the Abbey on foot, follow signs to the town square and then north towards Stockbridge, turning left into Church Lane opposite the Post Office.
The third car park is closer to the Abbey, although slightly more tucked away. Follow directions towards Winchester as far as the roundabout in front of the Plaza theatre, where you need to turn left and then right into Alma Road at the traffic lights. Turn left at the next set of traffic lights and, although the road markings bear right, carry on, then turn right into the Lortemore Place car park. To reach the Abbey, head west into Abbey Walk and turn left, then cross into Church Lane, where the Abbey will be facing you.
Saturday 3rd July 2021 - 7.30pm
Tickets are available via choir members, or you can book online via the 'Music in Romsey' ticketing system hosted by ticketsource. Click here to go to the site and then click on the ticket symbol against the relevant concert.
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